Birmingham wheelie bins across the city by 2015

The council said introducing the wheelie bins will help close a "funding gap"

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Wheelie bins are planned to be introduced across Birmingham by the end of 2015, the council has announced.

Birmingham City Council said it will use a grant of almost £30m from the government to help fund the introduction of wheelie bins.

A trial carried out in Brandwood and Harborne showed public satisfaction with the bins was "very high", a spokesman said.

The plans will go before the council's cabinet for approval on 16 September.

Councillor James McKay said the change would help close a "funding gap" in the waste management budget.

Smaller crews

"By the end of the decade we would have had an £8m gap between the budget available to deliver the service and what the service is actually costing.

"These changes close that gap and mean that we don't have to make even deeper cuts to services," he said.

Wheelie bin timetable

  • Ladywood: March - July 2014
  • Hodge Hill, Hall Green, Yardley: August - December 2014
  • Erdington, Perry Barr, Sutton Coldfield: February - June 2015
  • Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Northfield: August - December 2015

The council said the rollout would require investment over the next five years of £62.5m, including £39.6m on the purchase of new bins and 148 new vehicles.

The investment will be funded from the government grant, corporate resources and "prudential borrowing", a spokesperson said.

If the plan is approved, the council said the number of refuse rounds would be increased from 40 to 53 because "it takes more time to collect wheelie bins than sacks".

The staff on each vehicle will be cut from an average of 4.5 to three, as wheelie bins "require smaller crews", the council said.

Mr McKay said the introduction of wheelie bins would lead to a "massive gain" in terms of the litter and street cleanliness.

"What we've seen in the pilot where we've actually delivered [wheelie bins], is that the satisfaction levels are very high, people are very happy with it and don't want to go back to black bags," he added.

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